A young man faces a life paying for the misdeeds of his elders in this drama. Nik (Tristan Halilaj) is a teenager growing up in a small village in Albania; he has little interest in his father's baking business, and is more concerned with surfing the Internet, hanging out with his friends and trying to impress Bardha (Zana Hasaj), a pretty girl he knows from school. But whatever future Nik might hope for is put on hold when his father Mark (Refet Abazi) revives a long-standing feud over a land dispute with his neighbor Sokol (Veton Osmani), leading to a violent confrontation that claims Sokol's life. An ancient Albanian tradition has it that the survivors of a violent murder can kill a man from the family that committed the crime without consequence; however, they can only do so in the open, so Nik and the other men in his household are only safe as long as they stay in their home. As Nik's sister Rudina (Sindi Lacej) takes over the family business, his world is reduced to the inside of the family residence, which proves to be almost as maddening as the possibility of being murdered. American filmmaker Joshua Marston shot The Forgiveness Of Blood on location in Albania using a cast of local actors; the film was an official selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Audio Commentary by Director and Cowriter Joshua Marston ; Two new programs: Acting Close to Home, a discussion between Marston and actors Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj, and Sindi Lacej, and Truth on the Ground, featuring new and on-set interviews with Producer Paul Mezey, Abazi, Halilaj, and Lacej; Audition and Rehearsal Footage; Trailer; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Oscar Moralde
Disc #1 -- Forgiveness of Blood 1. The Shortcut [5:29] 2. An Average Day [9:20] 3. "You Can't Close This Road" [5:57] 4. Blood Debt [6:16] 5. Rudina's New Role [5:32] 6. News From Tom [3:55] 7. Surprise Visitor [3:24] 8. Getting Creative [7:35] 9. "Their Blood Is Still Hot" [6:45] 10. Advice From Mara [5:26] 11. Mediator Arrives [4:05] 12. Bora's Birthday [4:15] 13. Message From Bardha [3:36] 14. First Besa [7:47] 15. Nightfall [7:13] 16. "Enjoy Your Freedom" [7:01] 17. "My Life Is In Your Hands" [5:58] 18. Nik's Choice [9:49] 1. Color Bars [:01] 1. "A Steep Learning Curve" [5:29] 2. A Modernizing Country [9:20] 3. The Pivotal Scene [5:57] 4. The Kanun [6:16] 5. Auditioning The Kids [5:32] 6. Tristan Halilaj [3:55] 7. Refet Abazi [3:24] 8. To Kiss Or Not To Kiss [7:35] 9. Passage Of Time [6:45] 10. Two Adjacent Towns [5:26] 11. "The Premise Was Sound" [4:05] 12. Alda's Story [4:15] 13. The Video Letter [3:36] 14. Besa [7:47] 15. "No Pyrotechnics Experts" [7:13] 16. Casting The Women [7:01] 17. "Working At Cross-Purposes" [5:58] 18. The Future Of Blood Feuds [9:49] 1. Color Bars [:01]
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